People: Feb. 8, 1963

Only a few miles from the row over integration at the University of Mississippi, home fires burned brightly for Negro Soprano Leontyne Price, 35. Returning to her native city of Laurel (pop. 27,889) after a third triumphant season with the Metropolitan Opera, she drew a standing ovation from an informally integrated audience of 2,000 whites and Negroes at a benefit concert for St. Paul's Methodist Church. Glowed Leontyne: "This is the only place where I can be at peace with myself, except Rome. New York was meant for work. Here at home I can eat too much and sleep too much,"

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